Akiba goods and line markers

Ahem, now that the lengthy span of holidays is over, it’s time to get back to the posting and catching up.  First off, I went to Akiba yesterday, with the intent of picking up some pc parts to build a new pc.  The pc parts ended up being not needed as the in-laws decided they wouldn’t be able to figure out how to use the pc in the long run.  So in the meantime, I just went around and checked out the goods.  Unfortunately I forgot to take the camera with me, but I did snag a few things from the UFO catchers along with picking up a 16GB memory stick for only 8,000 yen.  


The kapibara-san plushes are for the wife, where as I snagged a couple of Suzumiya Haruhi figures from UFO catchers.  I also got extremely lucky and managed to get the White Unicorn Zeta Gundam stand art.  This has been pretty much unavailable as it’s the rare from this 4th volume of stand art.  Most places that have it won’t sell it unless you buy the whole set (running then 25~35 dollars).  I managed to get the folks at Yodobashi Camera to open the last sealed box and there it was.  600 yen for the win. 

Next up, I’ve talked a bit about the line markers (Sumi-ire) lately, and that I’ve been trying out other brands.  Well, I finally took a picture of what I’ve been trying out.


From bottom to top:

1. Gundam sumi-ire marker: black thin type (.1? .05?)
2. Gundam sumi-ire marker: black fat type
3. Copic Multiliner SP: black (.05)
4. Copic Modeler Sumi-ire marker: black (.02)
5. Copic Modeler Sumi-ire marker: warm grey (.02)
6. Copic Multiliner SP: grey (..05)
7. Copic Multiliner SP: brown (.1)
8. Gundam Marker: Gold
9. Mitsubishi Paint Marker: Gold
10. Mitsubishi Paint Marker: Silver
11. Sakura Micron: black (.05)
12. Gundam Marker: Mecha Silver

The markers are the left are just extra copic modelers, and the right are other colors of multiliner pens.   Lately I haven’t even touched the Gundam Marker sumi-ire pens simply because the fact that they bleed a lot and there is a noticable difference in size between the .02 copic modeler pen.  Copic Modelers are available in .02 and .03 sizes, in warm grey and black.  Drab olive is supposedly the third available color but I’ve never seen it myself.  The only places that sell the specific copic modeler line is Yodobashi camera.  I’ve never seen them at stationary stores that carry all the other copic lines.  In regards to the copic multiliners, the plus about these is that there is a huge selection of colors, and come in a variety of sizes.  Black in particular has .05, .1, .25, etc.  however, other colors may only go down to .1, and may not have smaller.  Compared to the copic modeler pen, multiliners aren’t sold at most hobby shops, and you’ll need to stop by a stationary store, or somewhere like Tokyu Hands, to find them.  Prices are about 200~350 yen depending on line and location.  I’ve not used the mitsubishi paint markers yet, but picked them up since they have a finer tip, and will try them out when I have the opportunity.  Again, I’ve been so taken with the .02 copic modeler that I haven’t even tried the Sakura Micron which has been recommended by other blogs.

In regards to the copic modeler, there is rarely bleeding or blotting, and one of the nice things is that if some ink comes out of the line you can just wipe it off with your finger.  To give you an idea of how nice it looks, just take a look at this picture.  My next post will cover the Turn A, but I used the copic modeller for panel lining and it came out just great.


7 thoughts on “Akiba goods and line markers

  1. Hi, just randomly found your blog because I was looking for something about these Copic modeler pens. I intend to use one to colour a few pieces for a custom Gundam kit, but I wonder if just using this pen to colour would be doable or not.

  2. You’ll want to leave some time to dry after applying because like regular Gundam markers, it will streak off or wipe off soon after using them. After drying I would apply top coat to it’ll stay on.

  3. Gaak!!! I wish I live in jp like you do, getting all the goodies at good prices… as oppose to buying stuff in the states.

    BTW nice work on the Turn A.

  4. There are refillable Copic markers, but I believe those are the bigger kind used for art. The panel line markers, and the others ones I have picked up aren’t refillable as far as I know.

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